Fastpacking – What Is It & How Do You Do It?

By | 2019-01-04T03:19:42+00:00 January 4th, 2019|General Interest, Tips|

If you visit your favorite search engine and type in the phrase – What Is Fastpacking –you’ll inevitably come across definitions that say something along the lines of: Fastpacking is the intersection of trail running and backpacking. However, here at the VTRunCo we feel that definition doesn’t tell the whole story. In our minds, fastpacking is not, and cannot be defined by the gear or gait used. We define fastpacking as a multi-day adventure that is completed in as little time as possible through the application of various weight saving and efficient travel strategies. This means that you do not have to run to fastpack, and nor do you have to be an ultralight gram-counter to fastpack. To fastpack you have to intend to finish a specific route [...]

Imposter Syndrome & Running

By | 2018-11-03T19:11:52+00:00 November 3rd, 2018|General Interest, Tips|

  This won't be a long post, I just want to take a brief moment to talk about a feeling that a lot of us probably feel. The feeling that we're not good enough, that we're an outsider, that we don't belong. Imposter Syndrome is when a person lacks confidence in themselves and worries that they'll soon be discovered to be a fraud. This is a feeling that we've all felt and I'm here to tell you that it's totally and completely normal... At least I hope it is. This feeling of not being worthy is something I have experienced often in my work life and feel constantly in my running life, and it's something I feel every time I post on this site. I [...]

Winter Running: Keeping Your Hands Warm

By | 2018-01-06T21:08:32+00:00 January 6th, 2018|General Interest, Tips|

Left To Right: CAMP Wind Mitten, BD Stance Gloves, BD Midweight Softshell Glove, BD Lightweight Softshell Glove Earlier this winter we covered layering strategies for winter running, but more recently we've been seeing quite a few questions about how to keep your hands warm when out running in frigid temps. A lot of the advice offered online has been relatively generic and because a phrase like "Heavy Mittens" means something different to someone living in Northern Minnesota than it does to someone living in Georgia we thought we'd share some specifics. Here in Vermont we've recently been spending a lot of time in single digit and negative temps so we've had plenty of opportunities to work on our systems.  Before we get [...]

Winter Running: Traction Devices

By | 2017-12-24T20:55:18+00:00 December 24th, 2017|General Interest, Tips|

  As a runner in Vermont winters can be a bit of a conundrum. On one hand it can be amazing as all of the sidewalks and bike paths turn into "trails", and the many technical mountain routes actually smooth out and become runnable once everything is coated in snow. On the other hand the weather goes through this constant roller coaster of temperatures and precipitation types and ice is something we are more than familiar with. This means that if you want to continue to enjoy running you either need to get familiar with the treadmill, or figure out a way to keep yourself rubber side down.  If you're like us and prefer your runs with a side of fresh air a little [...]

Winter Running: Layering Strategies

By | 2018-01-06T19:29:19+00:00 December 16th, 2017|General Interest, Tips|

It's December here in the Northeast and very recently the cold weather finally settled in. When the temps dip it can be quite challenging to maintain the motivation required to get out for your run. Well, we're here to tell you that cold weather is nothing to be afraid of, and with a little planning and layering know-how you might actually discover you really enjoy running in the cold.  First let's cover some basics. In the context of this article "cold weather" refers to anytime the temperature drops below 40 degrees. Also, please keep in mind that everyone and every situation is unique and some experimentation is going to be necessary before your cold weather running system is completely dialed. Below are some general [...]